2/03/2016

How We Do Quiet Time

When our children are done taking naps in the afternoon, we have them do Quiet Time. Since we homeschool and we're with each other ALL THE TIME (which I love) we all absolutely need a little time to ourselves every afternoon.

And even though I'm about as extroverted as they come (ENFJ), I still need time to myself; time to get things done, rest and not have to answer to someone every 30 seconds. Give or take. ;)

Quiet Time for us has definitely evolved over the past few years and isn't always easy. It takes a lot of training....on all our parts--the kids to stay in their rooms(!) and Mama not to get angry and impatient. We're all a work in progress.

I've seen some great ideas and have taken from those much wiser than I and this is what I've come up with:
 I don't have a set time when Quiet Time starts, but it's usually when Littlest goes down for his nap. I try to aim for 1pm. It lasts a little over an hour and a half.  I have found over the years that I can't just send the kids into their rooms with no direction. That. doesn't. work.

 That's where my wonderful chart comes in! As a side note, you know what I love about charts? They are the Powers That Be, not me! I'm just enforcing them! "Oh, look, honey, it says 'reading time' is 30 minutes, so you need to stay in your room a bit longer." It takes a little bit of the decision making away too. I get MAJOR DECISION FATIGUE these days. :)

As you can see, there's a rotation: 30 minutes of reading, 35 minutes of playing with toys in the bedroom and 35 minutes of doing something at the table. I don't allow them to do anything that requires my help. Quiet Time is also *my* time to get things done or just recuperate. ;) We have a large dresser in our kitchen with all of the things (and more) you see listed above.
 
To keep it real: there are days when Quiet Time doesn't work at all. Either the kids constantly come out or we have to finish school. But on a good day, our system works very well!

Maybe I've given you a few ideas? :) What do you do for Quiet Time?

6 comments:

  1. Yay to quiet time! I miss mine...this precious baby of mine will not nap (except attached to me)! BUT I still separate the two older girls each afternoon and make them have about an hour of quiet time. It does them good :)

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    1. You know what was a game-changer for me? The Rock-n-Play! My youngest slept like a CHAMP in it. :) It might help you--you should check into it! No naps is the worst! :(

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  2. I just got a package in the mail with a certain adorable knit hat in just the most gorgeous color from Amy and she said that you had knit it. So, along with thanks to her, I had to pop over here and say THANKS A BUNCH for that sweetness. I adore it.

    I would love to clothe the babe in yarn all the time but my yarn crafts are done at such a snails' pace that it is impossible. Which is why my favorite gifts of all are the handmade ones- especially, handknits!

    Thank you so much for the time and effort and love that I *know* went into that gift! It was just the nicest surprise!

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    1. You are most welcome, Rebecca! :) The hat might be a bit big right now, but hopefully you can get a few winters out of it. God bless you and your beautiful family!

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  3. So nice to see some fresh posts! :)
    My girls still go down for sleeping naps and most days they both still sleep. Every now and again they don't seem to fall asleep at all, ah well, there's always tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! You are so. sweet. :)

      And....WHAAT!? Both of your girls still sleep???? What time do they go to bed? I think my 5yo would take a nap everyday if I let her, but then she wouldn't go to bed till 10pm. And since *we* try to be in bed by then, that wouldn't work! :)

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